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What else is going on?

Covid-19 is our most pressing problem, but other events are highlighting important global trends

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Pandemic reactions, exaggerations and confusion

Every major crisis sets off a storm of conspiracy theories, bad ideas and disproportionate responses

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The secret memorandum to President Trump

“I am convinced that you can still win re-election. But in order to do so you must be willing to do whatever it takes”

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Big problems, small leaders

It’s hard to avoid the conclusion that leaders are, with a few exceptions, in over their heads in responding to the coronavirus and its economic debacle

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Unprecedented

In our current crisis, individual isolation saves lives. But, between countries, isolation will make the costs – both human and economic – much higher

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We are all neighbors

In the coming weeks and months we will learn which people – and which countries – put others first and which think only of themselves

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You want a coronavirus vaccine?

Be careful. Those who buy into con artists’ tricks do much more damage than con artists themselves

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P+P+P=C

Populism. Polarization. Post-truth. These are the drivers of today’s politics

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How is corruption like snow?

In English, the word ‘accountability’ means to take responsibility for one’s actions, but in Spanish there is no such term

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The shoestring superpower

Some nations have acquired the capacity to cheaply and stealthily intervene in the domestic politics of rivals, exacerbating their social conflicts, undermining their institutions and making the country harder to govern

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Expensive murders

While it is too early to know the full extent of the fallout from Iranian General Qassim Suleimani’s assassination, there is no doubt that it will be significant

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Revolting alliances

In the 21st century, compromise between political groups that hate each other may become a requirement for the survival of democracy

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Junk TV is more toxic than we thought

Researchers are finding that mindless television can undermine democracy

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Is Venezuela becoming the Libya of the Caribbean?

The differences between these two countries’ crises are obvious, but their similarities are very telling

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The world’s most dangerous place: Washington D.C.

With ever-increasing audacity, President Donald Trump is testing the Constitution and the rules on which democracy depends

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The war on truth

We have more information than ever before, but its veracity is often in doubt

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This is not normal

Around the world, governing is becoming more difficult and, in many cases, impossible

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What has a bigger impact, elections or street protests?

Most protests achieve minor concessions or fail completely. But some have caused substantial political changes. What characterizes those that succeed?

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Economic inequality: What’s new?

Since 2010, the share of Americans aged between 18 and 29 who hold a favorable view of capitalism has fallen from 68% to 45%

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Political dialogue in Venezuela: Naïve or inevitable?

Just about everyone wants Venezuelans to engage in political dialogue. But all past “dialogues” ended up strengthening the government and weakening the opposition

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Politician-eating beasts

Once the political system in some countries learns how to toss out a head of state, it seems to develop a taste for it, and starts doing it again and again

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Cherry blossoms and nervous bankers

While there is consensus that the capitalist system needs major reforms, there is no agreement on what these reforms should be

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Six toxins that weaken democracy

The electoral successes of Brexit, Trump and Chávez have some revealing commonalities

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Islam by numbers

In Muslim countries incomes are lower than in the rest of the world, while illiteracy is higher and life expectancy lower. Why?

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Who do you trust?

We don’t believe the government or the experts, but we do believe anonymous social media posts

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Putin in Caracas

A Venezuela free of the influences of the Russian autocracy and the Cuban dictatorship is an objective that the world’s democracies should support

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The globalization of polarization

Democracies seem to be suffering from a type of “political autoimmune disease” – as part of each society wages war on the rest of the social body